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Things to Do in DC This Week (September 5-6): Oregon Wines, Lying Storytellers, and Banned Book Hunt

The second annual Banned Books Scavenger Hunt takes place in September. Photograph by Farrah Skeiky via Dim Sum Media.


SCAVENGER HUNT The DC Public Library Foundation celebrates Banned Books Week with an #UNCENSOREDDC Banned Book Scavenger Hunt for over 600 banned books at 50 locations around District through the end of September. The theme for this year is “Texts Against Tyranny,” a collection that includes The Handmaid’s Tale, Fahrenheit 451, Parable of the Sower, The Giver, We, and Who Fears Death. Copies of each title will be wrapped in covers featuring a famous quote from that book. Participants who find one of the books are encouraged to share it on social media using the hashtag #UNCENSOREDDC for a chance to win prizes from participating local businesses. There are also 15 “golden ticket” books which include admission to UNCENSORED Underground, the foundation’s annual fundraising event on September 30. Clues will be shared each weekday morning on WAMU and on Twitter (@dcpl_literati and @dcpl) and Instagram (@dcpl_literati and  @dcplpubliclibrary).

BOOKS Richard McGregor, former Beijing bureau chief for The Financial Times, believes that the Pacific Rim will determine international politics in the 21st century, not the Middle East. His newest book, Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century, explores these ideas as well as the possibility of a war between China and Japan. McGregor will be at Politics & Prose to discuss his book and his experiences in Asia. Free, 7 PM.


WINE Roofers Union will offer tastings from ten Oregon wineries at the Yamhill Carlton Oregon Wine Showcase. The event will feature unlimited tastings from the wineries as well as paired bites from Roofers Union’s executive chef Jenn Flynn. $45, 6 PM.

STORYTELLING The Perfect Liars Club kicks off its 2017-2018 season at the Bier Baron Tavern. The club, which hosts shows on the first Wednesday of every month, features four storytellers recounting outrageous stories. Three are true, and one is a lie. But revealing the liar isn’t as easy as it may seem: during the 2016-2017 season, only two out of 11 fibbers were correctly identified. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door, 7:30 PM.